PBA: A two-import race for the BIC award

IT all boils down to two names when we’re talking about who might win the Best Import citation in this year’s iteration of the PBA Governor’s Cup.

As different PBA teams are gearing up for the playoffs, much of their success so far can be owed to the Herculean efforts from their reinforcements, and they will be needed more than ever.

Today, we take a look at the two imports who are viable candidates for the said award.

Justin Brownlee – will he go back-to-back in winning the Best Import Award?

Governor’s Cup averages: 33.4 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.0 bpg, 1.5 spg, 49% FG, 82% FT

The Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings are currently at the top of the standings with a 7-1 slate and are primed to solidify their placing in the upcoming playoffs as compared to the Commissioner’s Cup. With the ever-steady Brownlee leading the way, the Tim Cone-mentored squad is currently fourth overall in average points per game (106.9) despite missing key rotation players in different stretches of the import-laden conference. His presence alone almost guarantees a trip to the PBA Finals – a stage where he hasn’t lost yet.

Eugene Phelps – will he win his first Best Import Award and at the same time, tow Phoenix all the way?

Governor’s Cup averages: 32.0 ppg, 17.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.9 bpg, 0.5 spg, 53% FG, 51% FT

Along with the team’s acquisition of eccentric forward Calvin Abueva, Eugene Phelps has been a vital cog for the Phoenix Fuel Master’s hot start in this conference. The “El Destructor” has been nothing short of explosive – featuring a string of 50-point outbursts against Columbian Dyip and the NLEX Road Warriors and has propelled the Dennis Uy-backed squad to the fourth seed with a 6-2 slate. Phelps mentioned that he wanted to win the much-coveted Best Import citation. However, he acknowledges that his team should at least reach the Final Four in order to have a chance.

Phelps and the rest of the Fuel Masters will have to win its next three assignments in order to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. They will go up against the struggling San Miguel Beermen later, 7pm, inside the Mall of Asia Arena.

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